This easy banana chocolate chip snack cake is fluffy, moist and full of chocolate chips! It's whole wheat and naturally sweetened and makes a great sweet treat any time of day!
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve had a good week, but you’ll have to excuse me if I’m an emotional mess today.
M had her preschool graduation last night. Cue the tears.
I literally started crying as soon as she started walking down the aisle. They sang a song, went back out while the next class sang and came back in with graduation caps on, tassels and all. Oh the tears.
She’s been with some of the friends in her preschool class since they were 3-4 months old. We’ve grown up with these families, navigated the world of parenting together. And now it’s time to say goodbye.
I tried not to bawl uncontrollably because M still doesn’t understand that she won’t have any of her same friends in her class come kindergarten in the fall; they're all going to different schools. It will be an adjustment for sure.
The best cure for feeling like time is flying by? Slowing down to savor it.
And we are - we’ve got a beach vacation next week and I’m so excited to lounge in the sun, chase my little ones in the sand, splash in the ocean and just drink in summer.
(I’m definitely making bourbon slush, too, so I’ll literally be drinking in summer ;))
I’m also packing some overnight oatmeal jars and some of today’s banana chocolate chip snack cake to have ready-to-go breakfasts and snacks on hand next week. Gives us more time in the sun!
Cake, of course, is a dessert. Snack cake, however, is an anytime kind of affair. Breakfast, late morning, post-lunch, after dinner - anytime you need it!
It’s moist and fluffy and sweet and just the right hint of banana. It's also got plenty of chocolate chips scattered throughout so you get a bit of gooey chocolate with every bite.
I have discovered I have zero self-control around this snack cake.
I had three for breakfast one day a couple of weeks ago. And um, that was after I ate breakfast. They were the small squares at least.
OK, not true. They were the super big ones. #horribleliar
A few notes on this banana chocolate chip snack cake:
- I have tried this with less honey and fewer chocolate chips and it just wasn’t sweet enough. The recipe below is perfectly indulgent but still decently healthy.
- I’ve also tried this using butter or substituting applesauce in its place. Both turn out really good (though of course the butter adds a bit more richness) in case you need that substitution to make this dairy free or vegan.
- After these are cooked and cooled, they can be kept, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days. After that, I keep them in the fridge (for another 2-3 days) or freeze them. You can pop them straight into the microwave to warm up for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.
M says it's time to eat! 👆 And the preschool graduate gets what she wants this week!
Oh, and if you need more inspiration, check out these 25 ripe banana recipes.
I hope you give this snack cake a try, whatever the time of day. And I’ll be stopping in with a couple of recipes next week, while we get our beach week on.
Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy!
P.S. I made a new video to show you how easy this snack cake is to make!
Banana chocolate chip snack cake
This whole wheat, naturally sweetened snack cake hits the spot ANY time of day!
- 2 large ripe bananas (or 3 small bananas)
- ⅓ cup honey (or substitute maple syrup)
- ½ cup milk (regular, soy, almond - whatever you use)
- ¼ cup melted unsalted butter (or sub unsweetened applesauce)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and add the honey, milk, butter and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into prepared baking pan and smooth the top so its even.
- Bake at 350 for 22-26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let the snack cake cool for a few minutes in the pan before slicing into squares.
Milk: You can use skim milk (or 1% or 2%) or an alternative milk like soy or almond milk for this recipe.
Butter: The butter adds just a touch of richness, but I've made these with applesauce and that worked well too. It can be a good option if you need these to be vegan or dairy-free.
Flour: I use white whole wheat flour to make these whole grain, but you can also substitute all-purpose flour. Or you can use a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour.
Leftovers: Extras can be kept, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days. After that, store them in the fridge (for another 2-3 days) or freeze them. You can pop them straight from the fridge or freezer into the microwave to warm up for a quick breakfast on the go.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Time really does FLY by, haha! It's insane...I feel like I was just graduating preschool....okay...maybe not that far back 😛 Haha!
Blink and it's gone, right Rebecca?! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
I know what you mean! Time goes soooo fast. A year goes by and I wonder where in the heck it went! Congratulations to your little girl, though! So exciting that you have a vacay planned...always nice to have something to look forward to, isn't it? These snack cakes look delicious, Kathryn. Love that they are on the healthier side. Pinning! Have a lovely weekend 🙂
Thanks Dawn! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! XO
rachel @ atheltic avocado
Oh wow this looks delicious! So thick and dense, just the way I like it! Can't go wrong with banana either 🙂
They do bake up nice and big 🙂 Thanks Rachel!
Looks so yummy and filling!
They are! Thanks Kelli!
Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
Love that sweet little hand in the photo! Savour those moments. It'll be high school grad before you know it!
I totally believe you!
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
The flavors in this cake sound amazing. Banana and chocolate FTW!
Thanks Tara! Banana and chocolate definitely go so well together 🙂
Congrats to M and hope you all have fun on your beach vaca! Drink a bourbon slush for me please. Also, I'll take a whole snack cake for myself 😉
I'll drink a couple for you Karrie 😉
You say "easy" and "breakfast" and I say "done." Made these with my 4 year old today. Yum!! I bet these would also be great preschool snacks. Have you ever tried substituting some raisins in place of the full cup of chocolate? I might try half and half next time, just to see... I cut the chocolate chips back to about 3/4 cups and it's wonderful.
Haha, I hear ya Jenny! So glad you all enjoyed this snack cake! I haven't substituted raisins but I think that's a great idea - would love to hear if you try it! (You may also like my oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies: http://www.familyfoodonthetable.com/oatmeal-raisin-breakfast-cookies/)
I just made this this afternoon and it was a total hit! Now my entire kitchen smells like yummy banana! Thank you so much for the recipe! I subbed the flour with oat flour and I added about 1/4 of honey and used mainly raisins instead of chocolate chips (trying to be healthy haha}. I can’t wait to try out your other recipes!!
I'm so happy to hear you loved it Stefanie! And I like the sound of your healthier swaps - I'll have to try that next time 😊
I don't know what went wrong but even after 40+ minutes of baking it was still batter in the middle. Delicious, but gooey.. Any thoughts?
Hi Mia! I'm not sure what might have happened either! If you used the measurements and ingredients as listed (and if your oven is working properly), it should not have taken that long to bake - and certainly shouldn't have been still gooey in the middle after 40 minutes. I'm sorry it didn't turn out, but hopefully you'll have better luck next time! 😊